“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” — Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki
Andy Petranek couples curiosity and enthusiasm and applies it to learn new perspectives for a better way. He is an early adopter, coach, athlete, entrepreneur, family man, and a life-explorer who travels with a sense of humor. He loves to work on developing and improving himself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, but more importantly he strives to help others do the same. He lives his life based on the words of his grandfather, “Never stop learning. Never stop growing.”
I open the show with a lesson on Shoshin. Shoshin is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind.” It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would.
What is most fascinating about Andy is his curious mind and his ability to choose strength. These themes are evident when we take a step back and observe from a different perspective. From this framework, we take a look at some of the events that have lead Andy to become the father that he is and his ability to change lives for the better across the world through The Whole Life Challenge.
Strength is a Choice,
2:20 Shoshin – Lesson in a Beginners Mind.
6:10 Spoon Challenge – See it for the first time with a curious mind.
11:20 Perspective Chair Challenge
13:30 Opening question on purpose and emotion
17:25 85 year-old self Challenge
21:00 Musical background and the life bowling analogy
29:10 Trumpet player to Marine – What was he looking for?
34:20 Outdoor Eco Challenge races – Lost for 36 hours, learning, and pushing himself
“Trust your compass”
52:40 Learning a new skill like unicycling.
56:15 The 10-Minute training to overcome weaknesses.
1:04:10 Back Tucks and what you can learn about life through them.
1:07:48 CrossFit History
1:15:13 How do I have a better impact on the wellness of my clients? Beginning of The Whole Life Challenge
1:22:11 “Its the transformation of humans. Its working on virtues. Its developing peoples courage and commitment and testing their resolve. Being in the game of life, rather than thinking of winning or losing.”
You have the power to change your life for the better.
1:26:00 We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act, it’s a habit.
Virtues are formed in a man by doing the right actions.
1:27:28 The 7 Daily Habits
1:33:30 Awaken with Gratitude
1:37:20 Fatherhood, post-it notes
1:44:55 Lessons learned from The Andy Petranek Podcast
“You’re taking curiosity, enthusiasm and applying to people to learn new perspectives for a better way.”
1:54:25 Stepping Up – Newsletter
2:04:20 Fitness – Movement is a Gift
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